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Nature

We are fortunate to have several incredible outdoor spaces in the Glen Ellyn area. This is why we have developed a variety of activities centered around just getting out and enjoying nature!


Self-Guided Tours

Explore natural and restoration areas in your community parks with a self-guided tour. Tours are available for Lake Ellyn’s trees and demonstration garden, Village Green Park’s demonstration garden, and Maryknoll Park. Learn more »


Nature Walking Club

Bring your sense of adventure and wonder as we explore our natural heritage on local trails. These casual walks will highlight seasonal happenings. Walks will take place rain or shine. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part. Registration is required.

DateTopicTimeLocationRegister
Friday, May 19Spring Wildflowers9 to 10 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister »
Friday, July 7Glacial Ridge Trail10 to 11 a.m.Walnut Glen ParkRegister »
Thursday, August 10Summer Prairie Wildflowers10 to 11 a.m.College of DuPage Kirt PrairieRegister »

Nature Education Programs

We offer nature discovery experiences year-round. Children, teens, and adults can connect with nature in our hands-on programs. We offer fun programs on trees, birds of prey, mammals, insects, native plants, and more. Camps are also available during the summer.

View current offerings »

Restoration Workdays

Best for ages 8 and up
Help care for natural areas in your community parks. Workdays are a great way to spend time outdoors while giving back to the environment. We meet up once a month to remove nonnative plants, pick up litter, maintain trails, collect seeds, plant trees and flowers, and more. Activities vary by season and location.
Free, but registration required.

DateTimeLocationRegister
Saturday, May 209 to 11 a.m.DuPage River Sweep at Lake EllynRegister »
Saturday, June 179 to 11 a.m.Lake EllynRegister »
Saturday, July 159 to 11 a.m.Ackerman WoodsRegister »
Saturday, August 199 to 11 a.m.Churchill ParkRegister »

Trail Recommendations

There’s no need to travel great distances to get close to nature. Whether you’re planning an outing with family and friends or venturing out on your own, there are plenty of local trails that provide a great escape. 

View our top trail picks »

Greener Glen Ellyn

The Park District strives to be an eco-friendly leader in the Glen Ellyn community. Our goals are to protect and enhance the environment and natural resources and to motivate the public through the District’s example. That is why we’ve created the Greener Glen Ellyn online resource center. Here, you can learn about environmental issues impacting our community and ways to be “greener” at home.

Greener Glen Ellyn »

Adopt-A-Park

Play an active role in beautifying your parks.

Glen Ellyn has many beautiful parks, natural areas, and open spaces. However, with these wonderful amenities comes the great responsibility of being good public lands stewards. We could use your help caring for our park spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Adoptions are great for any group who wants to have a positive and lasting impact on the environment. Service projects might include picking up litter, spreading mulch, pulling weeds, planting native wildflowers, and reporting vandalism.

People of all ages and walks of life can be an active part of the Adopt-A-Park program. The program is open to individuals, businesses, groups, and other community organizations.

Download the application »

Wildlife Rehabilitation

Glen Ellyn Park District is not equipped or licensed to accept injured, ill, or orphaned birds/animals. But we’re lucky to have the DuPage County Forest Preserve’s Willowbrook Wildlife Center, a native wildlife rehabilitation facility, located right here in Glen Ellyn! They are a wonderful resource for information and can connect rescuers with rehabilitators.

Web: www.dupageforest.org/willowbrook-wildlife-center
Phone: (630) 942-6200